Ontological Security

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Giddens, 1990[edit]

Ontological security refers to the confidence that most human beings have in the continuity of their self-identity and in the constancy of the surrounding social and material environments of action. A sense of the reliability of persons and things, so central to the notion of trust, is basic to feelings of ontological security; hence the two are psychologically related” (Giddens 1990: 92.)

Giddens, A. The Consequences of Modernity. Cambridge, England: Polity Press. 1990:92